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CHARLES , HENRY ( 1778 - 1840 ), theologian, littérateur, and mathematician .

Of Ffynnon Loyw in the parish of Brawdy, Pembs. Born in 1778 , he was the son of Henry Charles , farmer , a prominent 18th cent. Independent . He was educated at the Independent chapel school at Trefgarn Owen , where, later, he was a valuable member. He possessed considerable ability, and wrote a large number of letters on theological matters to Welsh periodicals , such as the Efangylydd and Seren Gomer . He was a versewright of the homely kind, and his versatility is shown by his skill as a mathematician . He d. in 1840 , aged 62, and was buried at Brawdy . His will, proved on 26 Dec. 1840 , contains bequests to Trefgarn Owen chapel and the London Missionary Society .


  • Y Diwygiwr , 1840 , 322;
  • will in N.L.W.;
  • Brawdy MSS.


Major Francis Jones, M.A., F.S.A., London / Carmarthen

Published date: 1959